After romping to the Conference title last season Fleetwood Twon are new arrivals in the Football League who have high hopes of consecutive promotions. FootballFanCast Fleetwood blogger Sam Heaney takes a look at the summer activity so far this at Highbury Stadium.
My club, Fleetwood Town have made several summer-signings early on as we approach our first season in the Football League. After releasing a lot of players from last season it was inevitable that the club would be welcoming some new faces.
Starting off with the goalkeeping department and Chris Maxwell. The ex-Wrexham player impressed me last season when he played against us at the away fixture keeping a clean sheet and looking very comfortable indeed. Our other keeper, Scott Davies, had a very good season so it will be down to their pre-season matches to prove themselves.
Former Crawley left-back, Dean Howells, joined us and will hopefully bring all his experience with him. He’s 31 years old now and has played in the Football League so I am hoping that it’s a solid signing. Town already have two solid left-backs so it will be good competition to get into the starting line-up.
Moving into the midfield area and what looks to be a terrific signing in Damien Johnson. The central-midfielder recently won promotion to the Championship with Huddersfield Town so should be more than a match for League Two football. I shall look forward to seeing him in a Town shirt next season. His experience of playing in the Premier league also shows he obviously has some talent.
Out of the six signings made so far, three of them are forwards and they all look very promising.
Jon Parkin is a big striker who will be able to hold the ball up for us against the tougher sides in the League which will help create a platform for us to build on. The giant striker also can put the ball in the net which I’m hoping he does this on a regular basis in red and white.
The next striker is Steven Gillespie. I don’t know much about this player but after speaking to a Cheltenham fan I think he will be a huge asset to the side. I’ve heard he was their best striker so it looks promising. Finally, Alex Titchiner from Witton Albion sounds like a deadly striker. He scored 39 goals in their league campaign seeing the Albion gain promotion. He is a young player so I’m hoping he will bring a bit of flair and pace into the team.
We have also given youth team member, Jamie Allen a professional contract which is good for the team and is a wide player which is just what we need.
After the signings made already I feel we no longer need to strengthen in the attacking area. I would like to see a winger come into the club, with a bit of pace and vision. Also I think we need a right-back as a back-up for Shaun Beeley. Then a centre-back who will need to be tall and have a bit of pace because we have lacked this in the past.
There are no players I have in mind at the moment but I think an input of experienced league players will help us massively next season as we prepare for our first season in the Football League.
By Sam Heaney. Follow him on Twitter for even more discussion about Fleetwood Town.